[CQ-Contest] Skimmer for S/O in IARU

ve4xt at mts.net ve4xt at mts.net
Tue Jun 3 17:49:35 EDT 2008

Having done my share of paper logging in my past, and winning the Can-Am contest and WPX (for 
Canada), I can most assuredly say that computer logging has NOT been a huge boost to score. I guess I 
adopted the "just shut up and work 'em" mantra to dupes long before real-time duping was convenient, 
as VV and I only duped a log after the contest. There was no penalty to work dupes, merely to leave 
them in the log. So rather than sit there with a half-acre of paper in front of me, we just worked. And 
worked. And, largely, worked just as quickly as if we'd had a computer.

Where computers have made life easier is in letting the amps and logger track the radio, or dial in the 
correct azimuth on the rotator based on the prefix sitting in the callsign field...

Is that assistance? No, because even the rule that says "of any kind" limits it to "DX alerting assistance."

Does a system, local or not, that shows you who is where, constitute DX alerting? Yes. Should it be 
assistance? I believe it should. Some may disagree. But, to use the words of one of the more strident 
(one could say "objectionable") debaters to this thread, let me put this in words a first grader could 
understand: we're not all going to agree on something, but that doesn't mean we should be degrading 
to others in presenting our view.

Freedom of speech, it seems, only goes as far as someone has the good sense to not say anything.

73, kelly

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